Sunday, December 4, 2011

Artistic Pursuits

We've been trying our hand at a few arty things lately - Big Brother has enjoyed the experience.

First we headed off to an art class organised by the local homeschooling group.  BB had a hard time keeping up - he tells me he got confused by the instructions but did his best.

As soon as we got home he wanted to have another go so he drew this one from memory, based on the instructions given in the art class, but taking his time. 

He was much happier with this one, but is keen to have another go to change a few more things.

Next up was the local homeschooling gala.  There were opportunities to make both sand saucers and vegetable animals. 

Big Brother spent aaaaages choosing just the right rose for the centre of his sand saucer and then twice as long finding the right shaped leaves to go around it.  He was very proud of the finished product. 

He also made himself a horse/dog called rover out of carrots with lettuce for ears and tail.  Unfortunately we didn't get a photo of that one.

Last but not least, we've been checking out Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" and thought we'd have a go ourselves.  Over the course of two weeks we made our own versions 'inspired' by the original with oil pastels.  We tried to move our pastels in different ways to imitate brushstrokes on our 'canvas'.  

Big Brother made one, the decided he'd like to try again.  He didn't like the uneven size of his petals, and wanted to try making 'brush strokes' in a different way.  Here are his two efforts:

Lotsa arty stuff for a non-arty Mum!

We're going to have a bash at some Christmas cards this week... wish us luck!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love how his brush strokes vary from the vase to the flowers! I wonder if he should take a look at The Scream - his strokes remind me of it.